One of the most interesting units in the Grade Six Language Arts program is "Space". Students explore and research the concept of "space" in a variety of avenues, including a more recent and fascinating way - the Internet. Students do have prior knowledge of Space since it is a part of the Grade Four curriculum as well. Student's have completed research with teacher assistance and have utilized matrixes, jot-notes, idea diagrams, etc.
The purpose of this project is to motivate ISSP students to develop confidence in their ability to be successful readers and writers. All students doing this project are on an ISSP for Language Arts. It is apparent that these students lack the necessary motivation to feel successful. This project will help these students experience success and enable them to handle projects with a new level of confidence. Most of this unit will be teacher assisted, but will allow for ISSP students to have much input.
This project has great potential for students to enhance their knowledge of "Space". Technology Education is related to Space directly and many learning outcomes will be enhanced. As stated in the document "Living in a Technological Society", the following outcomes will be addressed:
Students will create their own Web page on "Space" at the end of the unit and publish it to the Internet with teacher assistance.
Jackson-Walsh has a newly constructed Technology Lab consisting of:
Having a Slip connection to the Internet is vital to accomplish this worldwide and motivating task for all students.
The project will be successful if: